Scarlet Tanager Habitat (Where to look)

Scarlet Tanager Breeding Habitat:

  • interior of mature deciduous and mixed forests
  • seem to favor forests with Oak and Beech trees
  • preferred conifer trees appear to be Pine and Hemlock

Scarlet Tanager Migratory Habitat:

  • forests and open canopy woodlands - including wooded backyards, parks, orchards, and even weedy fields in close proximity to forest

Scarlet Tanager Behavior (What to look for)

  • mainly forages high in canopy but will occasionally forage at mid and even low levels - including in shrubs and on the ground
  • more likely to be seen at lower levels during migration
  • diet includes caterpillars, spiders, insects (especially bees/wasps), and berries (favorites are Red Mulberry, Virginia Creeper, and Blackberry) ¬†
  • males sing at high levels (often in the tallest trees)
  • while breeding occurs in the interior of forest, Scarlet Tanager frequently sing and forage in forest edge type areas
  • will occasionally visit bird baths and bird feeders with fruit (migration only) - halved oranges seem to be their favorite fruit to take from feeders
  • attracted to insect-laden, flowering trees in spring - including flowering dogwood
  • male Scarlet Tanager molt from scarlet-red to green-olive in fall

Notes from Anonymous Birder(s)

‚ÄúNot as hard to find as reputation would have you believe‚ÄĚ

‚ÄúCheck tall trees first‚ÄĚ

‚Äúlisten for chick-burr call‚ÄĚ

‚Äúin the shrubs and on the ground more often than you‚Äôd think‚ÄĚ

Indicator Species

Red Eyed Vireo, Blue Gray Gnatcatcher, Yellow-Throated Vireo, Veery, Wood Thrush, Ovenbird

Good Luck!

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